Shabbat times REST API

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Much like our full , we offer a simple API for getting just this week’s Shabbat times and Torah Portion. Two output formats are supported: JSON and RSS. The basic URL format is as follows: http://www.hebcal.com/shabbat/?cfg=json&geonameid=3448439&m=50 Note the following customizable parameters and their meanings: cfg=json – output format is JSON (cfg=json) or RSS (cfg=r) m=50 –… Read more »

Jewish calendar REST API

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Hebcal.com offers a REST API for fetching Jewish calendar data. The output format is in JSON. The basic URL format is as follows: http://www.hebcal.com/hebcal/?v=1&cfg=json&maj=on&min=on&mod=on&nx=on&year=now&month=x&ss=on&mf=on&c=on&geo=geoname&geonameid=3448439&m=50&s=on Note the following customizable parameters and their meanings: v=1 – version. Required. cfg=json – output JSON instead of HTML. Also variant cfg=fc for year=now – “now” for current year, or 4-digit… Read more »

New holidays: Tu B’Av and Sigd

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At the request of several users, we’ve added support for Tu B’Av and Sigd. Tu B’Av is a minor Jewish holiday of love, similar to Valentine’s Day. It occurs on the 15th of Hebrew month of Av, corresponding to July or August on the Gregorian calendar. This year, Tu B’Av begins on Thursday, 30 July 2015… Read more »

Colophon

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Hebcal.com was primarily authored using hand-coded HTML5, PHP and Perl in Sublime Text 3 and Aquamacs. Our minimalist, responsive design is provided by the Bootstrap framework. The website runs on Apache HTTP Server on Ubuntu Linux. We use the Varnish HTTP accelerator and Pound for HTTPS (TSL/SSL) termination. We primarily use DigitalOcean and Netkine for hosting, with occasional use of Amazon Web Services… Read more »

Pesach on 15th of Nissan vs. the 14th

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Why does Pesach begin on the 15th of Nisan when Numbers 28:16 says “And in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, is the LORD’S passover”? Special thanks to Rabbi George Schlesinger for this guest post. First of all, it’s helpful to know and understand the Hebrew and to know that in… Read more »